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Major repairs, major delays in Hillcrest and North Park

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The City of San Diego has started construction on a project to replace aging water mains in Hillcrest and North Park.

The work is expected to cause major traffic delays along parts of University Avenue, between Park and Florida Street. The traffic delays are expected to last at least four days.

The changes coming to the North Park and Hillcrest areas are part of the city's Capital Improvement Program which will replace a water main that's been in use since 1912.

"It's time. It's exceeded its service life, and we are using PVC pipes, a very long lasting pipe with really resistance to corrosion," said Monica Munoz, spokesperson for the City of San Diego.

All Eastbound lanes on University Avenue between Park and Florida will remain closed during the repairs. Only one lane going Westbound will remain open.

The construction is already proving to be a headache for caregiver Rochelle Salas who works nearby at a senior assisted living facility.

"Now you can't go down University, and you have to detour. It's going to cause a lot of traffic," she said.

As chunks of asphalt is lifted and the pounding echoes in the neighborhood, the city said the repairs will only last until Monday before it moves to another area.

It's a three-year project that just began last month.

"So not only are we replacing the public utilities, around here. We're going to repave the street and reconstruct the sidewalks and repair this old bridge a lot of investments in an area that desperately needs it," said Councilmember Todd Gloria.

The next big project is re-doing the Georgia Street Bridge. It will get retro-fitted.

Crews are expected to work through the weekend, and work is expected to be completed by Monday evening.

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